The Air Force is offering experienced pilots and combat systems officers
incentives to stay on Active Duty as part of its Fiscal 2014 Aviator
Retention Pay program, according to a June 25 release.
Eligible airmen have until Sept. 30 to apply for this program, under
which they would receive from $15,000 to $25,000 per year depending on
the aviator category and length of ARP contract, states the release. Air
Force mission requirements mean the service has to focus on retaining
high-performing airmen, and ARP is a “necessary hedge against external
factors that could adversely impact the Air Force’s rated inventory,”
said Brig. Gen. Brian Kelly,
director of force management policy. This fiscal year, the incentives
are in exchange for Active Duty service commitments of five years, said
Kelly. Much like the 2013 ARP, fighter pilots are eligible for longer
contracts up to nine years. The ARP also allows airmen who complete
their undergraduate flight training Active Duty commitment any time in
Fiscal 2015 to lock in a contract for next year, states the release.
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